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Thursday, 12 July, 2018
Quote of the week
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts"
- Abraham Lincoln
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NGOs in Crisis, Winter Fire Havoc…
“Overcoming poverty is not just a task of charity, it is an act of justice. The protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, we look at an article the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) wrote, focusing on the closure of NGOs in South Africa due to the decline in donor funding and huge pressure on fundraising, among others. CTSB chief executive officer (CEO), Lizelle van Wyk, describes the situation as shocking, adding that it is exacerbated by an increase in corruption within NGOs as well as cover-ups on what their funding is being spent on. She maintains: “In certain cases, this has damaged or permanently ruined the trust between certain NGOs and its donors.” Meanwhile, Hannl Cronjé, believes that NGOs’ financial survival has much to do with the position of trust between themselves, their donors and the communities they serve. “Without honesty and transparency on how donor funds are actually being used, an NGO will undoubtedly be forced to close down,” she warns.
South Africa should invest in safe energy sources as a possible way to bring down paraffin-related deaths in poor communities. Addressing energy-related challenges requires the sustainable partnership between government, private sector, civil society and other relevant stakeholders.
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